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Your Manual into Manual Wheelchair Scripting + Scripting Power Assist Devices: Gain Independence with some Power Assistance (Melbourne)

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In this full day session join us for a deep dive into two of Permobil’s Blue Pathway courses: Your Manual into Manual Wheelchair Scripting and Scripting Power Assist Devices. The day will include a good mix of formal and practical learning sessions – and you will leave with key learnings you can apply to your practice when you prescribe your next MWC and Power Assist Device. 

Your Manual into Manual Wheelchair Scripting:

Want to learn the difference between a custom configured and a custom-built frame? Does it even matter? Understanding how configuration impacts on ADL participation, functional mobility and posture are essential when prescribing manual wheelchairs for active users. In this workshop, you will explore a range of set ups and configurations and experience firsthand the differences these have on wheelchair propulsion. We will consider the biomechanics of the user alongside the design and configuration of a manual wheelchair, to ensure we appreciate and understand the importance of an individualised fit for end users.


  1. Identify the difference between custom configured and custom-built frames 
  2. Understand the importance of propulsion technique with reference to shoulder integrity
  3. Understand the importance of the rear wheel position and how we align this to the user

Scripting Power Assist Devices: Gain independence with some power assistance:

Who benefits from a power assist device (PAD) and what do we need to consider during an assessment? Are all PADs compatible with all types of manual wheelchairs? This workshop looks at the different PAD options, exploring the benefits and challenges of each with reference to relevant evidence based practice. We will work through what information is needed from an assessment, potential clinical reasoning strategies and how this relates to identifying the most appropriate device for trial.


  1. Identify how front, main and rear wheel PAD are installed and detached from a manual wheelchair  
  2. List 3 reasons why you may choose one type of PAD over another (with reference to a case study that will be provided) 
  3. Identify the benefits of PADs with reference to relevant evidence-based practice 

We can’t wait to see you at this session! 

Meet the Presenter: Tilly Brook (Permobil)

Tilly Brook graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2008 with a Bachelor of Health Science followed by a Masters of Occupational Therapy (Hons) in 2010 from the University of Sydney.

Tilly worked within rehabilitation, working primarily with adults with a brain injury until 2015 when she moved to Singapore. In Singapore, she worked with children and adults at the Cerebral Palsy Alliance School (CPAS). In 2017 Tilly’s clinical knowledge continued as she worked with Mobility Solutions in Auckland, New Zealand. On her return to Australia, Tilly assisted in the development of the Clinical Hub Team at Sunrise Medical where her passion and experience for mentoring and educating therapists grew. Tilly Joined Permobil in January 2022 and is driven to grow therapists, enabling them to be the best therapist they can be.

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